Hadijatou Mani

If you don’t know who Hadijatou Mani is .. then you must be from Mars .. hahah!!  But seriously, the American government considers Hadijatou Mani from Niger one of the most courageous women in the world. The former slave received the International Women of Courage Award from Hillary Clinton, in Washington DC in March.  No she doesn’t do any colon cleansing reviews but she won a much talked-about court case against the Niger government. With the support of Oxfam Novib’s partner Timidria she proved able to convince the judge that the state was not doing enough to protect her against slavery.

At the age of 12 Hadijatou was sold to a master with four wives. As ‘fifth wife’ she became their slave and had to do all their work. Hadijatou: “I, and several other girls, had no status whatsoever as fifth wife. We were not officially married, but we were forced to have sex with the master. His legal wives used us as their doormat.”

Hadijatou was set free in 2005, but when she married the man of her choice her master took her to court for committing bigamy. Because according to customary law a freed slave remains the wife and property of her former master. The court sentenced Hadijatou to six months in prison, of which she served two.

With the support of Oxfam Novib’s partner organisation Timidria Hadijatou took the case to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). She sued the state because it had not done enough to protect her against slavery.

The ECOWAS court ruled that Niger had to pay damages to Hadijatou of 15,000 euro. In doing this the court acknowledged that slavery existed in Niger, something which the authorities had always denied. Every member state of the Economic Union of West African States, Niger included, is now held to really enforcing the anti-slavery legislation. According to Timidria this ruling will benefit the more than 40,000 people in Niger still living in slavery.

Tiger Woods

Who doesn’t know who Tiger Woods is right..??  and for sure .. he is one who doesn’t need fat burner like yours truly – hahah!!  Is he an inspiration..? of course..!! not ony to the black folks.. but for regular folks like me.. or someone who aspire to be a golfer. This man has a net worth of $650 million..!! tell me how many of us can make that kinda money right..?? last year alone i heard he made 100 million.  So who is this man..?? and what is he made of ..??

Born in 1975 – younger than I  .. this man accomplished more than any ordinary man or woman has.Yes.. he is an American .. and currently the world’s #1 golfer and the highest paid professional athlete.  Born in California and the only child of his parents but has two half brothers and one half sister.  He is surely a descendant of many ancestry from Thai to Chinese – he is what we called a “Cablinasian”. Tiger was actually a nicknamed given by a Vietnamese family friend.

Married to a Swedish model in 2004 and they have a daughter and a son.  Started playing golf at the age of 2 .. and the rest is as they say.. history. Despite his wealth .. and popularity .. Tiger Woods has remained.. pretty clean and no bad publicity.  So yes, he is an inspiration to just about anyone.. the young and the old.

Mukesh Ambani

Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, India’s largest private sector company; Chosen as ET Business Leader of the Year 2006; Ranked 42nd among the World’s Most Respected Business Leaders and second among the four Indian CEOs featured in a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published in Financial Times, London, November 2004.

Mukesh Ambani is the face of new emerging India. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited, India’s largest private sector company.

Mukesh Ambani was born on April 19, 1957 in Mumbai. His father Dhirubhai Ambani was then a small businessman who later on rose to become one of the legends of Indian industry. Mukesh Ambani did his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from University of Bombay and Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University, USA.

Mukesh Ambani joined Reliance in 1981 and was the brain behind Reliance’s backward integration from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals. During the process of backward integration, Mukesh Ambani led the creation of 51 new, world-class manufacturing facilities involving diverse technologies that raised Reliance’s manufacturing capacities manifold.

World’s largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar is the brainchild of Mukesh Ambani. He was also the incharge of Dhirubhai’s dream project Reliance Infocomm. But after the split in the Reliance Empire, Reliance Infocomm went to his brother Anil Ambani. Mukesh Ambani is now planning to enter retail sector in a big way. He has plans to establish big retail stores all over the country. Recently, he also entered into an agreement with Haryana Government to establish a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) with an investment running into thousands of crores.

Mukesh Ambani has many achievements and honours to his name. Mukesh Ambani was chosen as the ET Business leader of the Year 2006. He was ranked 42nd among the World’s Most Respected Business Leaders and second among the four Indian CEOs featured in a survey conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers and published in Financial Times, London, November 2004. He was conferred the World Communication Award for the Most Influential Person in Telecommunications in 2004 by Total Telecom, October, 2004. Mukesh Ambani was also conferred the Asia Society Leadership Award by the Asia Society, Washington D.C., USA,

Inspirational Moms

Judy Pettersen never intended to be an inventor or an entrepreneur,  never did she think that what she thought was a good use for her baby would become a international hit with moms.  It is moms like her.. that not only juggle work but home so well.. and still look so good just with  lip gloss, i know of another inspiration mom who uses ..Burt’s Bee because Burt’s Bees uses all natural ingredients in most of their products – now she inspires me so much.. and I wished i was only half as good as these inspirational moms.. so that my kid can grow up.. and look up to me.

Peter Tan

Peter Tan is a 40 something Christian from Penang, Malaysia.. and is currently living in K.L.  When i first started reading Peter’s blog.. it was a few years ago.. and yes. .he inspired me immediately.  Why..??  Peter is movement challenged.. but he is so full of life.. and he is such an articulate writer with great insight .. and a strong passion to challenge a good cause for the rest of the movement challenged like himself in Malaysia. While I need  ultra 90 you can see that Peter stayed as healthy.. as he can.. and fit.. and also keep tab of his total health.

Happily married to a wonderful lady called Wuan.. Peter has a spinal cord injury .. and also chronic renal failure..  and uses the wheelchair.. and drives a car.  He is by no means a small voice because of his physical challenge or his bad health – you can see Peter is very active trying to make Malaysia a better place . .for folks like himself.  I am humbled by him.. and wished i was as strong as Peter is – i draw strength from his experiences. and his many challenges.  Thank you Peter..!

Anwar Ibrahim

Former deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.. Mr Ibrahim was made famous because he was accused of sodomizing his driver.  To me .. and in my humble opinion.. the prison term he served.. the humiliation .. that was thrown at him..and his family .. were uncalled and till today.. i don’t think.. anyone can justify it.  It was like George Bush having the power.. and invading Iraq on the pretext of mass destruction weapon.

Mr Ibrahim led a humble life .. he believed in spending wisely .. and treating everyone fairly.. you can’t even find anything unique like those Grohe faucet you find in celebs home.   Many ppl think that he was ousted out because he wanted to bring the West and Islam closer together.. and had many ideas .. of changes.. and believes in a more modernized.. and more open society.  Yes.. he does inspires not only myself.. but many.. for being so strong.. and even when he was thrown to jail. .he stood with his head held high up… not once did we see weakness in this great man.

Samuel Chong

I grew up watching Singapore’s very first bilingual TV host, Samuel Chong, has been a household name since the early 80s and very into gadgets like cell phones.  Having honed his hosting skills in both English and Mandarin, Samuel is a seasoned veteran with experience in hosting high-profile programmes such as the highly-acclaimed CCTV Lunar new year show in the 90s. His more recent work include engagements with China’s TV stations hosting live TV Shows; notably “Miss International Tourism 05/06” in Hangzhou and “Miss Globe International 05/06” in Shanghai.

I think at one time.. Samuel Chong was everyone’s perfect b/f and the boy to bring home to .. to show their mothers.  He is no stranger to the Singaporean .. and Malaysian fans..  but had kept a really low profile like all Singaporean celebs.  Unlike our Hollywood counterparts.. and Hong Kong stars.. you hardly hear or see any scandals.. surrounding him.

Gurmit Singh

Singapore’s very own celebrity, Gurmit Singh is a beloved personality to people from all walks of life. His versatility and multi-faceted talents as a comedian, host, singer, actor makes him a hit with the audience wherever he goes.

Helming the award-winning sitcom PCK Pte Ltd as Phua Chu Kang, Gurmit has penetrated the public’s consciousness and created a MediaCorp icon recognised by all. His talents were vindicated when he and PCK Pte Ltd won numerous awards at the Asian Television Awards; and himself honoured as the reigning Comedy King after winning the coveted Best Comedy Actor for five years (1998-2001 & 2003).

As some people may know, Gurmit Singh, is actually an ex-NPCC member. He was also the Best Cadet Inspector from the batch of 29 May 1982 Cadet Inspectors’ Training Course.

Susur Lee

Susur Lee is a celeb chef .. that I’ve met when he was stationed in Singapore.. at the newly renovated Club Chinos.  I met him briefly when he was working at the Ritz too.. but i don’t even think he knew i existed then.. hahahah!! not like he does now either.  But i wanted to see what the fuss was all about .. when they brought him in as some kinda consulting chef.. which was pretty new during those days.

He subsequently migrated to Canada.. and opened his own restaurant there.. and i had the pleasure of once again meeting him.  He was humble. .and non eccentric like some of the celeb chefs that i’ve met.. and was immensely pleased with the food .. he and his restaurant served us that night.  There was no  tv stands in his fine dining restaurant.. but we were entertained for sure.

Lee, whose inventive Asian fusion cooking has influenced the Toronto fine-dining scene for two decades, is opening a restaurant in September in a new luxury Manhattan hotel.  Not only is Susur Lee a great chef, he is an entrepreneur.. and a restaurantuer .. who has great insight.  I thinking closing the Toronto restaurant was a great move.. because of the recession.

Andy Lau

Andy Lau is a Hong Kong celeb that no one in Asia .. do not know.  Coming out after being exposed today.. because he got married to his g/f – former beauty queen from Malaysia.. you would think that he doesn’t really need to justify why he got married.. and kept it a secret right..??  Afterall, it is his private affair.  I don’t understand the big boo haas about it.  In other news, it is said that during some Gatlinburg vacations he was also married to a taiwanese actress..?? who came out in the open to publicise their marriage… and divorce.. at this point of time.

At certain point of time.. i had thought that Andy Lau was gay.. in fact i was quite sure about it.. having heard no scandals.. or relationship all these years.   Well, in my opinion.. this man is an inspiration .. whether he is gay or married.. or secretly married.. he need not apologize for it.  People should certainly learn to respect other ppl’s privacy.  Yes . .he is a celeb.. but he is not answerable to you.